Throwback Thursday: Black Leaders Back in the Day

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  • Keith Ellison
  • Bobby Scott
  • Andre Carson
  • Emanuel Cleaver
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks
  • Jesse Jackson Sr., John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Carl Stokes
  • Elijah Cummings
  • Rep. John Lewis
  • James and Emily Clyburn
  • Barbara Lee
  • Karen Bass
  • Robin Kelly
  • Marc Morial
  • Maya Angelou

Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana)

"I sat at her feet and I miss her dearly," said Rep. André Carson (D-Indiana) of his grandmother, Julia Carson, whose congressional seat he filled after she died in 2007. During the time they spent in her garden on this day and in years to come, Carson had no inkling that he would succeed her in Congress, but still, he recognized that the lessons he learned from her would be as, if not more, important than the ones being taught at school. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Andre Carson)

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